Online poll results

How would a minimum wage hike impact you?
Jun 2, 2014


We'll all have to pay more: 46% (184 votes)
It will not impact me: 20% (81 votes)
I'd cut back on staffing: 13% (52 votes)
I could afford the basics: 8% (31 votes)
I'd have to raise prices: 6% (25 votes)
I could save more money: 2% (9 votes)
Other: 4% (15 votes)

Total votes: 397

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Here is how I look at it...

Michigan last increased its minimum wage to $7.40 per hour in 2008. In the last 5 years, (since 2009), gas prices have been as low as $2.36/gallon and as high as $4.25/gallon. Food prices have continued to rise, as well... Housing prices, utilities, insurance, yada, yada, yada, have all gone up. So, while I understand the concern with those believing that we will all have to pay with cutbacks on staffing, prices being raised, etc. it is my personal opinion that if those things happen after the minimum wage goes up, its the greedy businesses who are just looking for an excuse, once again.

Tri-cities realist

Perhaps people should concentrate more on developing their skills and knowledge to get a pay increase, rather than relying on legislation. Do schools teach economics anymore?


Good plan. Glad to hear you are taking action, as long as you keep developing your skills and knowledge you won't feel the increased prices of hiking the minimum wage.

Tri-cities realist

So you admit that hiking the minimum wage will increase prices? You better check with Lanny on that one.

Thank you for your concern. What baffles me is how the supporters of a minimum wage increase don't understand that little will be changed, since they won't have any more buying power even though they have more money. Basic economic education is lacking.


Speaking for myself, I am, and have been since I lost a job after an employer went bankrupt, however; in today's job market there is a great deal of competition, and being able to land a job in your field of study isn't as easy as it may seem. While completing my degree opens up more opportunities for me, it doesn't necessarily mean that I will be able to receive a higher paid position. As of now, it is necessary for me to continue working for not much more than the current minimum wage, just so I can pay my bills.

Tri-cities realist

So if you are making more than the current minimum wage... Oh never mind.


It's pretty much a "gimme" that if one price goes up they all go up! The greed is overwhelming. Used to be showing a profit was everyone has a limit 40%, 50%, etc. If that profit margin isn't made they close the doors. Us little people (laborers), working for the little wages have to support all the government programs. I was making close to $15/hr. 5 years ago (as well as my husband) now we are barely making over minimum wage. Our bills are still at the higher wages. It sucks! Raising minimum wage is just going to accelerate the greed. Everyone wants to make a huge profit.


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